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A New Kid, Birthdays, and Year End Events

It’s been a few months since I’ve actually written a post about our family and our homeschool.  Normally, that would mean that all is just mundane and not blog or photo worthy.  However, that’s not what my blog absence has been about,  I haven’t been able to find the time to share about all that’s been going on.  Today, I’ll try to fill you in some.

First, let me introduce you to MJ!  She’s our family’s new job.  Actually, she is a homeschool girl who is with us four days a week for tutoring while her grandmother works.  These photo are of her and Z at the last homeschool fieldtrip of the school year, Stewardship Day at Shawnee National Forest.

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We have a new chalkboard wall mural that goes along with our Lewis and Clark, Oregon Trail, and Westward Journey studies.


We’ve been working on improvements to our key hole garden.  The stone looks wonderful and made the best Mother’s Day present!  The flowers are quite nice, too.

10352584_636762289738960_4574333442912914450_n 1920199_636762126405643_399865237555379097_nThis next photo is E and B with SALT, (our homeschool support groups drama co-op) at the final performance of the year.  And, it’s sad that this was E’s very last performance with them.  Now that she’s graduating, she’ll not be in the troop.  Being involved with creative ministries and drama certainly has been one of her favorite activities of her homeschooling career.


And, here’s a few of the pics from the spring formal.

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Both of my youngest boys had birthdays!  Z turned 9 and J turned 11.

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These next photos are of Silver Lining (homeschool color guard) at their spring show, “Storms of Life”.  Though, this was E’s last performance with them, she is planning to stay involved with the group as an assistant coach.

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There’s just one more event to add to this year’s homeschooling year, graduation and achievement night.  The plans are set and all will be ready for the big night, this coming up Friday.   I’ll be sure to share those photos then.

betty jo





Our Homeschooling Week Ending 8/16

This was our second week back to full time homeschooling since summer vacation.  I feel that we are getting back into the swing of things!

August 12th was both Herbert Hoover’s birthday and the statehood anniversary of Missouri, therefore we have a start to both timeline projects.  And we celebrated with cupcakes.

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B 15 had his 10th day of 10th grade.  Hopefully, this upcoming week we can start on the new mural for the chalk board wall.


Our nature observations this week included the new seeds on the big maple tree in the front yard,

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I believe that we have adjusted to having character studies, math and language arts lessons daily again.  Our pirate unit study is going well.  The house is even slightly neater, now that we are back to our regular chore system, too.  So all in all, I think we had a pretty good week.

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557376_500795956668928_1291233745_nSilver Lining (our homeschool color guard) started practicing again.  They are working on the marching  and show routines for the Labor Day Parade.


My in-laws came for a visit and Z tried to teach his cousin to play chess.  He got pretty good this past school year.564562_501888353226355_1139869197_n

I’m looking forward to the upcoming week as we add more science and more pirate adventures  to our studies.  And I think things will run a bit smoother now that we’re back in the groove of full time homeschooling.

You have a good week, too.


betty jo

For another post about our color guard click here https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/03/16/silver-lining/

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Our Homeschooling Week May 20-24

I do not think I have ever looked forward to a Monday like I did this week.  Our weekend was too full of activity and by Monday morning I was thankful for the fun times but more thankful to just be staying home for the next few days.

Friday night was our homeschooling support groups Prom Alternative.  Group photos, dinner out, then a private party with dancing, Wii games, costume trunk photo booth, and ice cream bar.

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Saturday afternoon was the first public performance for Silver Lining, our homeschool color guard team.

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Sunday night was another homeschool group activity.  SALT – Saved, Anointed, Loved, Transformed, (creative ministries troop), performed at a local church who was hosting a meal and service for a homeless shelter.

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Much of my family’s time has been spent praying for Ian.  He is a boy from our neighborhood who was violently attacked at a public school playground that is just a block away from our house.  He had some brain hemorrhaging and swelling issues as a result of the beating and had to be air lifted to Vanderbilt Hospital.  Miraculously, he is on the road to a complete recovery.

ianWe attended a prayer meeting at the school playground at 4:00 Thursday.  It was so good to gather with our neighbors for a time of prayer for our community, public schools,  Ian, and the boys who attacked him.  Thanks to social media, we were able to reach brothers and sisters in Christ with our prayer requests and many agreed to stop what they were doing at 4:00 and join with us in prayer.

We had lovely weather for being out in the yard this week.  We have enjoyed watching our homeschool garden project grow.

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Our homeschool summer schooling focused on reading through a huge stack of library books as the start of it’s summer reading challenge.  We also did a mini unit study of turtles in tribute to World Turtle Day (May 23).

Here are the links to this week’s blog posts:

Our homeschool prom:  Night of the Living Teens  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/05/19/night-of-the-living-teens/

Homeschool Creative Ministries:  SALT  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/05/20/salt/

About our neighbor’s boy:  Ian  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/05/22/ian/

Homeschool garden science project:  Watching Our Garden Grow  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/05/23/watching-our-garden-grow/

Turtle mini unit study:  World Turtle Day  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/05/23/world-turtle-day/

As of now I don’t have much on the planner for the upcoming week except for another library trip, Church history notebooking,  and the biggest homeschooling support group’s party of the year, Graduation and Achievement Night.

I hope you had a good week,  and that this next week is even better.

betty jo

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Our Homeschooling Week, April 15-19

This homeschooling week started off with an unplanned study on poison ivy remedies.  My daughter brought the itchy rash home with her from last week’s mission trip.

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poison ivy 2Also this week, we the added an anemometer and a barometer to our homemade weather forecasting center.

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Z7 updated the current conditions chart and practiced weather related jokes.  His favorite this week is, “What does a cloud wear under it’s raincoat?  Thunderwear!”

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For “Poem In Your Pocket” day we not only kept poems in our pockets, but also studied poetic devices.  Instead of notebooking or lapbooking our printable mini posters, we put them on our current (art in progress) chalkboard wall.  I think it looks nice having some of the blank spaces filled in.

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And,  Silver Lining, homeschool color guard practice.

Silver LiningWe will be ending our homeschooling week with our monthly homeschool support group’s family game night and potluck.

How was your week?

betty jo

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Acts 2:44 says, “All the believers were together. They shared everything they had.”   This is an excellent example for homeschooling support groups and co-ops.  We try to work ours this way. If we have a skill or a talent, we share it to benefit the others.

Check this out…Isn’t this cool?

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This is a picture of “Silver Lining”, a color guard group for homeschooling teen girls, practicing their tosses at the park.   Two of our new members used to do the band and color guard thing back in high school.  Now they are teaching  it to my daughter.

They have plans for performances and to march in parades.  They work their routines to popular Christian music.  See, I told you this was cool.

Here are some photos of the first public appearance of Silver Lining!

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This is Silver Lining performing at our homeschooling support groups Graduation/Achievement night.

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The If’s of Friday


IF the kids have done about 10-15 minutes of extra math Mon.-Thrus,  IF the notebooking assignments are finished, IF we have made some progress on chores, IF Thursday’s reviews went ok, and a few more IFs, then we have what we call “Free Ed Friday”.  This means that for our 6 hour school day (requirement for homeschools in KY), the kids get to pick whatever they want to learn about.  They pick books they want to read. They come up with their own art or cooking projects.  They watch some educational tv and play educational games on the internet. On Fridays we might get out a board game or two.

Friday is also the day for homeshool creative ministry rehearsals, color guard practice,  and errands.  And sometimes, fast food.  Our support group/co-op meets every 3rd Friday evening for a themed family night get together, so on that Friday we prepare for family night.

While the kids are busy learning whatever by themselves, I get to do my own educational things too. I surf the web looking for new lessons.  I read posts and e-mails I didn’t have time for earlier in the week. I always find something new and wonderful. And sometimes meet someone new and wonderful.   Knowing that our school week can end this way sure does give us the incentive to work hard during the week.  Ask any of us which day of the school week we like best, and we would all answer “Friday”!

My favorite Free Eds from this last Friday included an earthworm collection complete with some new holes dug in the yard, learning Just Dance 4 moves, meeting some new homeschool moms and chatting with others I’ve known for years.  I’m reading Andrew Klavin’s If We Survive, because E17 recommended it .  She knows I love a suspenseful story and this one is.

And I found an amazing link to share with you:


And this one for creative fun: (be sure to check out  St. Patrick and Easter on the “Holiday” tab)


betty jo